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Pokemon Go away: France's minister of education wants rare Pokemon banned from schools

Pedestrians walking into schools looking for Pikachu could pose a security risk.


France educational minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem wants to arrange a meeting with Pokémon Go developer Niantic to discuss the logistics involved in preventing rare Pokémon from propagating on school grounds, according to the Associated Press via Polygon).

Vallaud-Belkacem's concern is rooted in pragmatism: she worries that "non-students" wandering into schools in search of rare pocket monsters could pose a security threat. France remains in a state of emergency following terrorist attacks that occurred during Bastille Day last month, and in Paris last year.

There's a precedent for businesses working with Niantic to remove PokeStops, gyms, and rare creatures from appearing at certain locations. Earlier this month, the developer delisted both the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Japan's Hiroshima Memorial from spawning locations and monsters following requests from both sites.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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